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Community Foundation celebrates Outstanding Achievements

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The Porter County Community Foundation celebrated its past year’s accomplishments and thanked the individuals and community partners who help make it all possible at its annual meeting on June 18 at Strongbow. The work of nonprofit organizations was also recognized with the presentation of the 2014 Outstanding Achievement Awards.

“We really do have so much to be grateful for in Porter County,” said Gregg Sobkowski, Foundation Board Chair.

“Our annual celebration is an opportunity for us to pay special tribute to everyone who works so hard to make our community a better place for all.

“Since our inception in 1996, the Foundation has grown steadily and we ended 2013 with just under $40 million in assets,” he said. “We see our mission as one of building permanent resources to support our nonprofits and to provide funding to address the ever changing needs in our communities.”

Last year alone the Foundation awarded $1.8 million in grants to local students and organizations.

Each year the Foundation presents four Outstanding Achievement Awards to recognize the volunteers, nonprofit organizations and staff for their roles in building a stronger Porter County. “We are inspired each and every day by our nonprofit partners,” said Barb Young, Foundation President.

The 2014 awards were presented to following recipients: Kristopher Krouse, Shirley Heinze Land Trust Executive Director, for Outstanding Nonprofit Staff Member; Hilltop Neighborhood House for Outstanding Nonprofit Agency; Dr. Larry McAfee, TalTree Arboretum and Gardens Board member, for Outstanding Volunteer; and Don Quijote Restaurant’s Carlos Rivero and Elena Jambrina, Housing Opportunities supporters, for Outstanding Volunteers. Each recipient gets to select a nonprofit to receive a $1,000 grant to the organization’s endowment fund.

The Porter County Community Foundation inspires giving and engages the community to improve lives in Porter County now and forever. To review the Foundation’s annual report or for more information, contact the Foundation at (219) 465-0294 or


Posted 6/24/2014